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Intermountain Regional Observatory Network (IRON)
The two physiographic regions of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin with the extensions of shrub steppe that includes Idaho, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington. The Blue Mountains are included in the Intermountain area.
IRON Executive Committee Chair:
IRON Executive Committee members:
Organizing committee members:
Participants in IRON include: Bureau of Land Management, Boise State University, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, Desert Research Institute, Idaho State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, University of Nevada , Las Vegas, University of Nevada , Reno, University of Utah, USDA-Agriculture Research Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, Utah State University, Washington State University
The first organizational meeting to form a NEON-Great Basin and Colorado Plateau consortium of universities and state and government resource agencies was held to: 1) discuss the formation of a consortium; 2) identify all interested parties; 3) define the geographic area to be included; 4) begin to identify science questions and themes; 5) begin to define the organizational structure the group; 6) develop a web site that will serve as an information center for both our consortium as well as national issues and that can be used to solicit comments from the science and management community; and 7) determine future meetings. A meeting report for the 1st IRON meeting is available on the IRON website.
The next meeting (to be held in early July — see website for updates) will focus on developing science themes at both national and regional scales and should include anyone who has any interest. As a starting point, the group identified the following themes:
The group is currently working on forming committees that will among other things; coordinate activities and identify regional issues and gaps, identify overarching science themes, define infrastructure needs, perform outreach, build membership, and identify existing facilities.
More Information Available At
The website will be used to solicit input regarding all issues of the IRON consortium as well as being used as a way to register for meetings and to screen ideas.view high-resolution version (3865 x 5876, 1.4 MB PDF)
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